Matthew 28:16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
Yesterday we asked the question of the above text, “What am I to do?” The answer to that question is basically, “While going about life, make disciples, baptize them and teach them to obey everything Jesus commanded the eleven disciples He gave the Great Commission to. The second question we need to answer is, “Do we have help to obey the four commands of the Great Commission (Go. Make disciples. Baptize the disciples. Teach the disciples to obey everything Jesus commanded)?”
Jesus knew we couldn’t do His assignment without help. He told the disciples just before He ascended into to heaven, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you and you will be My witnesses…to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8). The Apostle Paul instructs believers that they will receive the Holy Spirit when they believe the gospel (Ephesians 1:13-14). When we receive the Holy Spirit, we receive all the help we will ever need to make, baptize and teach disciples while going about our daily lives. Listen to the resources the Holy Spirit equips us with to complete our part of the Great Commission.
John 14:25-26 "These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
John 16:13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.
Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."
Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
2 Peter 1:3-4 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, 4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.
As believers we have all the help we need to obey the four commands of the Great Commission. Fulfilling those commands brings great freedom to many people by freeing them from slavery to sin, death and Satan and enables them to live an abundant life even in difficult circumstances. Are you making use of the help you have. Write out for yourselves the help you have been given as you read the above scripture. Tomorrow we will look at how to use the help we have been given by Jesus.